Let There Be Light In Your Bedroom

The Cynthia Rowley Duvet Cover Set is available from Amazon

Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, and then the light slowly starts returning to the northern hemisphere. But that still means we have many months of the year when our bedrooms get very little or no light in the mornings, when we get up, and are dark long before we go to sleep. If you’re someone who gets blue without enough light in your life, try brightening up your bedroom by making it feel like summer!

Think summer. Light colors, light fabrics. Take down the dark, heavy drapes and let the windows bring in as much light as possible during the day. When evening approaches, pull down the blinds and close the sheer curtains, which will look delightful in the glow of your warm bedroom lighting. Use soft white or pink-tinted bulbs in your lamps, or the full spectrum bulbs that replicate natural sunlight. They can make a huge difference in how you feel!

One way to optimize the light that comes in during the day is to position a large mirror on a wall across from or corner to a window. The mirrors will reflect sunlight and bounce it around the room. Hanging crystals in your windows is another way to bounce light around the room at certain times of day except this will be like having rainbows all around you!

Make your bedroom feel lighter simply by eliminating or moving around your furniture to have more open space available. Use colors for your bedding that complement the summer scheme, such as celadon, aquamarine, a hint of orange and yellow, or nautical navy blue and white stripes. A floral-pattern or green rug on the floor will evoke summertime thoughts, as will adding some flowering plants, greenery, or vases of flowers. A large tropical plant with palm leaves gives an instant feeling of warmth!

If you have a fireplace in the bedroom, try decorating the mantle with shells or framed photos taken in the summer. A painting or photo above the mantle of the beach, a boat on water, or lush foliage can add to the effect.

Try a few of these suggestions to brighten your bedroom and give you a taste of summertime even during the dark days of winter!

  • Deny Designs
    Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom. Our Lightweight Duvet is made from an ultra soft, lightweight woven polyester top with a 100% polyester cream bottom. It includes a hidden zipper with interior corner ties to secure your comforter. Its comfy, fade-resistant, machine washable and custom printed for each and every customer. Lightweight 100% woven polyester printed top side with 100% polyester cream bottom side Interior ties to attach down comforter to duvet cover (comforter insert and shams not included) Closure: Hidden zipper Custom made for every order Machine wash cold on gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. Do not bleach or iron. Dimensions: Twin: 68" x 88" Queen: 88" x 88" King: 104" x 88"
    $179.00  from Build.com
  • Deny Designs
    Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom. Our Lightweight Duvet is made from an ultra soft, lightweight woven polyester top with a 100% polyester cream bottom. It includes a hidden zipper with interior corner ties to secure your comforter. Its comfy, fade-resistant, machine washable and custom printed for each and every customer. Lightweight 100% woven polyester printed top side with 100% polyester cream bottom side Interior ties to attach down comforter to duvet cover (comforter insert and shams not included) Closure: Hidden zipper Custom made for every order Machine wash cold on gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. Do not bleach or iron. Dimensions: Twin: 68" x 88" Queen: 88" x 88" King: 104" x 88"
    $159.00  from Build.com
  • Deny Designs
    Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom. Our Lightweight Duvet is made from an ultra soft, lightweight woven polyester top with a 100% polyester cream bottom. It includes a hidden zipper with interior corner ties to secure your comforter. Its comfy, fade-resistant, machine washable and custom printed for each and every customer. Lightweight 100% woven polyester printed top side with 100% polyester cream bottom side Interior ties to attach down comforter to duvet cover (comforter insert and shams not included) Closure: Hidden zipper Custom made for every order Machine wash cold on gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. Do not bleach or iron. Dimensions: Twin: 68" x 88" Queen: 88" x 88" King: 104" x 88"
    $139.00  from Build.com
  • Deny Designs
    Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom. Our Lightweight Duvet is made from an ultra soft, lightweight woven polyester top with a 100% polyester cream bottom. It includes a hidden zipper with interior corner ties to secure your comforter. Its comfy, fade-resistant, machine washable and custom printed for each and every customer. Lightweight 100% woven polyester printed top side with 100% polyester cream bottom side Interior ties to attach down comforter to duvet cover (comforter insert and shams not included) Closure: Hidden zipper Custom made for every order Machine wash cold on gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. Do not bleach or iron. Dimensions: Twin: 68" x 88" Queen: 88" x 88" King: 104" x 88"
    $139.00  from Build.com
  • Deny Designs
    Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom. Our Lightweight Duvet is made from an ultra soft, lightweight woven polyester top with a 100% polyester cream bottom. It includes a hidden zipper with interior corner ties to secure your comforter. Its comfy, fade-resistant, machine washable and custom printed for each and every customer. Lightweight 100% woven polyester printed top side with 100% polyester cream bottom side Interior ties to attach down comforter to duvet cover (comforter insert and shams not included) Closure: Hidden zipper Custom made for every order Machine wash cold on gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. Do not bleach or iron. Dimensions: Twin: 68" x 88" Queen: 88" x 88" King: 104" x 88"
    $159.00  from Build.com
  • Deny Designs
    Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom. Our Lightweight Duvet is made from an ultra soft, lightweight woven polyester top with a 100% polyester cream bottom. It includes a hidden zipper with interior corner ties to secure your comforter. Its comfy, fade-resistant, machine washable and custom printed for each and every customer. Lightweight 100% woven polyester printed top side with 100% polyester cream bottom side Interior ties to attach down comforter to duvet cover (comforter insert and shams not included) Closure: Hidden zipper Custom made for every order Machine wash cold on gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. Do not bleach or iron. Dimensions: Twin: 68" x 88" Queen: 88" x 88" King: 104" x 88"
    $179.00  from Build.com
  • Little Bedding by NoJo
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    $6.40  from Walmart US
  • DwellStudio
    Vibrant mid-century styling informs a crisply striped duvet cover framed by a solid contrast border, providing a striking centerpiece for your bedroom decor. Color (s) : yellow/ multi. Brand: DwellStudio. Style Name: Dwellstudio 'Draper Stripe' Duvet Cover. Style Number: 5197238. Available in stores.
    $299.99  from Nordstrom
  • Little Bedding by NoJo
    Little Bedding by Nojo Elephant Time OPP Fleece Blanket, Yellow: Elephant embroidery on blanket30" x 40"Soft microfleece construction100% polyester fabric for durabilityFeatures turned edgeMachine washableImported Nojo blanket, Elephant Time OPP Click here for more information on Safe Sleep Questions about product recalls? Items that are a part of a recall are removed from the Walmart.com site, and are no longer available for purchase. These items include Walmart.com items only, not those of Marketplace sellers. Customers who have purchased a recalled item will be notified by email or by letter sent to the address given at the time of purchase. For complete recall information, go to Walmart Recalls.
    $12.98  from Walmart US
  • Little Bedding by NoJo
    Little Bedding by NoJo Elephant Time Crib Sheet, Yellow: Made to fit standard size crib mattressCrib bedding sheet dimensions: 28" x 52"Fabric: 55% cotton/45% polyesterCare instructions: machine wash separately in cold water; tumble dry low heat; use only non-chlorine bleach if needed; iron with low heat if neededImported yellow crib sheetQuestions about product recalls? Items that are a part of a recall are removed from the Walmart.com site, and are no longer available for purchase. These items include Walmart.com items only, not those of Marketplace sellers. Customers who have purchased a recalled item will be notified by email or by letter sent to the address given at the time of purchase. For complete recall information, go to Walmart Recalls.
    $6.20  from Walmart US
  • Little Bedding by NoJo
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    $23.25  from Walmart US
  • Blancho Bedding
    This MultiPurposes Messenger Bag is a functional messenger bag as well as a useful daily carrying case- Delivering secure storage space for all your gadgets- Containing a roomy main compartment with zippered closure, a interior zip pocket, this bag gives it enough space to store all your items- It is a fashionable bag to keep your passports, credit cards, key chain, bluetooth headset, books and other necessities within sight and reach- Durable Cloth Tie closure help secure the items in the bag- You can wear it along with you during outdoor activities, and enjoy security and organization- Hang out longer and go farther whether hiking, cycling or strolling with the MultiPurposes Messenger Bag- Please notice that the maximum length of the shoulder strap is 47 inches long and it is adjustable- Features:- Measures approx- 14 inches wide x 8-8 inches high x 6 inches deep- Easy to clean- With durable Cloth Tie closure to keep your gadgets secure- A great bag for travelling, hiking or hanging out- Neat stitching with Fashionable appearance- Made of quality faux leather- Shoulder strap is adjustable- Fashionable and comfortable designed to carry cell phone, snacks, keys, wallet, and so much more- SKU: MJNO1950
    $27.59  from Walmart US